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Dr. John Schulz


Leads McKinsey’s work to improve health system clinical operations, focusing on innovative care delivery models, AI, advanced analytics, digital solutions, and transformational change

John is a leader in McKinsey’s Healthcare Practice and serves major not-for-profit, for-profit, and government healthcare systems, along with several top-ranked academic medical centers. He helps organizations transform clinical and operational performance to improve patient access and financial sustainability. As part of this work, John has extensive experience leveraging advanced analytics, digital technologies, and AI—including generative AI—to help hospitals and health systems reach full potential.

A physician by background, John coleads McKinsey’s clinical operations work globally. In this role, he helps shape the firm’s perspective on innovative care delivery models and strategies to enhance patient access and throughput. John has also collaborated with leading technology companies to build novel solutions to enhance efficiency of clinical operations through the use of advanced analytics and AI.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • leading a multiyear performance transformation for a top-ranked academic health system, focusing on growth and cost performance to sustain its clinical, educational, and research missions
  • establishing an ambulatory growth strategy for a regional academic health system
  • leading a clinical operations transformation, which included length of stay and procedural utilization for a top-ranked academic medical center to improve patient access
  • leading effort to improve outpatient access for a large national health system
  • working with a large technology company to build innovative digital solutions to enhance efficiency of care delivery
  • leading development of an advanced analytic solution to improve operating room block scheduling for a regional health system
  • defining the digital patient engagement strategy of a large for-profit health system
  • leading effort to enhance clinical capacity for a top-ranked academic health system and medical school
  • leading effort to enhance patient experience and consistency of care delivery for a top health system in Europe


Ensuring the financial sustainability of academic medical centers,” McKinsey & Company, April 2024

Survey: US hospital patient volumes move back toward 2019 levels,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

Challenges emerge for the US healthcare system as COVID-19 cases rise,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Cutting through the COVID-19 surgical backlog,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Clinical research coordinator


Johns Hopkins University

Wartburg College
BA, biochemistry, economics, and biology